I love this shot of Madie talking to Hannah Beth. Madie is so sweet with her. She just chats and giggles and Hannah adores her.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
"Luke! Hayley! What is going on guys? You seem so excited about standing in this long line with all these strange people. What gives?"
"Hayley, I know you are trying to comfort me and tell me, oh, he is so nice, but I' m not buying it."
Pulling out all the shoes from the shoe basket about 10 times a day.
Rummaging through the pots and pans cabinet. All Luke and Hayley ever got to play with was the tupperware
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I have heard of children who do these things over night, in a snap, with no problem, you get the point. My children have been a mix bag. Some transitions have been very easy, some we have struggled through to the end, and some we are still working on to this day (even with the 7 year old).
While you are in the midst of a transition, it seems like it will never end. I remember when Luke was a baby and he was transitioning from baby food to table food. I thought it would never happen. He had such a sensitive gag reflex that table food choked him and up everything came. But here we are and I don't have to spoon feed him. He can eat a piece of pizza with the best of them! Once I make it over the hurdle, my mind automatically dumps all the info that went into getting whatever child it was to the place he or she was going. Almost as if when I take that final sigh of relief that we made it, all the frustration and craziness escapes me. Kind of nice.
Hannah has been transitioning from bottle to sippy cup. What info I retained from this transition with Luke and Hayley was the following:
1. When Luke would not take the sippy cup I originally bought, I proceeded to Target and bought approximately 127 different cups for him to try (straw cup, soft spout, hard spout, cup with handles, insulated cup, cup without handles......) IT WAS MADNESS. So I bought a few kinds of cups (one straw cup, one hard spout with handles, and one soft spout) to see which one she would like out of the three. Three is much easier to store in your cabinet than 127.
2. Hayley NEVER took a bottle and I think it made the transition easier with her. No more Mommy milk, so I guess I have to drink from this cup right here. Easy as pie.
Hannah LOVED her bottle. She always has from the day she first took one. I was trying the "weaning" method with a bottle at breakfast and a cup the rest of the day. She basically just tossed the cup to the floor and only drank the bottle of milk in the morning. The sippy cup strike began. And so did the tears and constipation. FUN!
I decided to go cold turkey, no more bottle last Thursday. We endured a lot of crying, throwing cups, screaming and pretty yucky days, but I am happy to say that we are now more than thrilled with the cup.
Another transition success. I am SO looking forward to potty training! (HA)
Friday, December 3, 2010
There was a line and it took us about 30 to 45 minutes to get into said Spy Museum. You get to choose your own secret spy identity before heading to the briefing room about your "mission". We all were enjoyed the museum, but decided that it is much more suited for older kids. We couldn't take Hannah Beth's stroller inside, so Chris and I had to take turns carrying our 23 pound squirming bundle for the hour it took us to get through. I did enjoy seeing the Aston Martin car that was driven by "James Bond" in one of his movies. Pretty cool. I also walked away from the spy museum trying to figure out who in DC was a tourist and who was a spy.
Our hotel was also a few blocks from the Ford Theatre where Lincoln was shot. Luke has been very interested in President Lincoln lately, and he was all about seeing the theatre. Across the street is the house where Lincoln was taken after the shooting, and where he died only hours later. I had remembered seeing these things as a 7th grader on our school trip. Walking in the same spot where our countries history has taken place never gets old.
It was an absolutely beautiful day. A little chilly and windy, but the sky was clear and the sun was shinning. We spent the next 5 hours walking to see the White House,